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International Volleyball Federation Selects Rosetta Stone to Enhance Communication Among Athletes and Referees

(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) --International Volleyball Federation Selects Rosetta Stone to Enhance Communication Among Athletes and Referees

Global Partnership Establishes Rosetta Stone as Exclusive Language-Learning Solution for World's Largest Sports Federation

ARLINGTON,VA (October 13, 2014) - Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) today announced a new partnership that aims to break down language barriers that exist between athletes and referees in this global sport. As the new, official language-learning partner of the FIVB, Rosetta Stone will provide its trusted language-learning solutions to the referees and staff of the FIVB with the goal of helping all referees become proficient in the English language.

"How effectively our players and referees communicate during matches is critical to the success of our sport," said Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, President of the FIVB. "Language diversity has significant impact on how we're currently playing the game. We knew we had to find a solution and Rosetta Stone was the clear choice as the industry leader."

Volleyball has experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade, and the FIVB is the largest sporting federation in the world with 220 member federations.  As the governing body responsible for all forms of volleyball on a global level, the FIVB upholds the highest standards and took great care in selecting Rosetta Stone as its exclusive partner.

"Volleyball has quickly become one of the most popular sports worldwide and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to help address the need for language learning in the international sports arena," said Eric Ludwig, Senior Vice President and General Manager for The Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Rosetta Stone. "The power of language to unite people from all over the world is really amazing. Not only will we make a significant impact on how the game is played, this partnership will impact how fans around the world experience matches, as well."

As part of this two-year partnership-which officially kicks off in January 2015-Rosetta Stone will enjoy prominent brand visibility at all major international FIVB events, including the Beach Volleyball World Championships, World League Finals, World Grand Prix Finals, World Cup and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals. Additionally, Rosetta Stone will work with the FIVB to design and supply Rosetta Stone-branded uniforms for all FIVB referees and the company will supply two language licenses to all National Federations of the FIVB. Athletes, fans and FIVB member federations will also be able to take advantage of special offers to purchase Rosetta Stone solutions. Social media will also factor into the partnership as the FIVB and Rosetta Stone will work together to create unique and innovative ways to engage and activate their online communities.

The partnership further expands Rosetta Stone's well-known footprint in the world of sports, as it is currently the language-learning provider of choice for various U.S. sports teams, including the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals and Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals, and many athletes worldwide.  

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company's innovative technology-driven language, reading and brain fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Since 2013, Rosetta Stone has expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha, Lexia Learning, Vivity Labs, and Tell Me More. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices around the world.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.

"Rosetta Stone" and related trademarks used herein are the property of Rosetta Stone and are used and/or registered in the United States and other countries.

About the FIVB

The FIVB is the governing body responsible for all forms of volleyball on a global level. Working closely with National Federations and private enterprises the FIVB aims to develop volleyball as a major world media and entertainment sport through world-class planning and organization of competitions, marketing and development activities. The FIVB is part of the Olympic Movement, contributing to the success of the Olympic Games.

Media Contacts:

Richard Baker | FIVB | 0041 79 603 3926 | press@fivb.org

Michelle Alvarez | Rosetta Stone | 202.390.0032 | malvarez@rosettastone.com

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.

Source: Rosetta Stone via Globenewswire

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